Category Archives: by Glafira Marcon

Using GIS to track Zika and microcephaly

For almost a year, the United States watched from afar as the number of Zika cases in Central and South America grew, with increasing numbers of infants born with the debilitating brain malformation known as microcephaly. As of August 31st, 2016, just over 2,700 cases of Zika had been reported in the U.S. — 35 […]
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HealthState and Latino Health Solutions: Partnering to deliver culturally relevant tools to members

A person’s culture and the language they speak are important in health care. Our family life, cultural experiences and language shape our beliefs, practices and attitudes toward our health. That’s why it’s so important that health care services and information are culturally aligned. Latino Health Solutions (LHS), part of the UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual market, […]
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How is Optum using GIS in health care?

In mid-September, our Optum HealthState team attended ESRI’s Health and Human Services GIS Conference in Atlanta, GA. Surrounded by peers and pioneers in GIS (geographical information systems), we were impressed by the innovation and excited to explore opportunities for collaboration. We found that there are several quality GIS products and services in the public health […]
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How can health care companies expand their use of GIS?

Health care companies today use geographic information systems (GIS) to assess the needs, access and utilization of their populations and networks. Whether comparing health outcomes or targeting sales of a specific product, GIS can display multidimensional concepts and visualize geographic variations in order to influence health care decisions. When considering the health care needs of […]
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GIS: The next big thing in health care data visualization

Most health care organizations strive to embrace “big data” as more than just a buzz word, yet many find it difficult to transform their data into actionable information. Complex queries produce tables and graphs that are the first brush strokes of a picture, and dashboards provide some animation as they update users on changes and […]
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